Shashank Manohar relinquished the post of the first independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.
Shashank Manohar was the ICC Chairman twice, he took over as the ICC Chairman in November 2015. After the resignation of Shashank Manohar, Imran Khawaja, deputy chairman of Hong Kong, will be the interim chairman. The new chairman will be elected soon and the ICC board may approve the election process in the next few weeks.
Now the question is, will India again claim for this prestigious post of international cricket?
Will the current Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly, be ready to enter the electoral fray?
Even if 47-year-old Ganguly makes up his mind to contest elections, a recommendation from the Lodha Committee can become an obstacle in his path. That is, the claim of former Team India captain Ganguly will depend on whether the Supreme Court allows him to continue as BCCI President by giving relaxation in the cooling of period (mandatory break) under the administrative reformist steps of the Lodha Committee.
Ganguly assumed the responsibility of the post of BCCI President in October last year, but according to the recommendations of the Lodha Committee, his term will end this month.
BCCI’s appeal to exempt Saurabh Ganguly and BCCI secretary Jay Shah from cooling period is pending in the Supreme Court. The current chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ahsan Mani has clearly stated that he is not in the race for the post of ICC chairman.